I already downloaded the layout for your "shield". Will most likely also build an IN-12 clock based on Ian's kit and your shield.
What are your plans for the case? I thought about doing something similar as the "Nixie Dream" attached herein.
Ian, sure, you can copy it - there's nothing new about what I did. The "socket pins" were from China via eBay. I think they're contacts for d-sub connectors (e.g. DB-25), but I can't find them from Digikey or Mouser in the US (they're probably cheaper from China, anyway).
Phil, the footprint I posted on another thread is slightly wrong - Ian had the anode numbering incorrect in the documentation, so a software change was needed to fix it. (I've now updated
the Eagle file
so it matches Ian's board) If you want, I have some extra unused B5991 (IN-12) boards, and I'll send you one for cheap (not trying to profit, but if I could get rid of the rest and cover my cost, that would be great). PM if interested. I'm thinking of a wood case similar to what you posted, I've got a bunch of ipe wood scraps left from building a deck. And, I think I want to make it more of an arch shape - if you look at the picture of the board, I made it so the top corners could be trimmed off (the diagonal lines), so it could be put in a smaller arch shaped case.
Next up, a smaller one using Burroughs B5861ST Nixies. (like the more common B5859, but with left-hand decimal, right-hand comma).
The board only weights 22g, and will fit in a standard letter envelope. So, it looks like mailing one to Germany would only be $1.15USD. So, I'm thinking $5 would cover it. I've got more of the extended header sockets, tube pins, and through hole WS2812 LEDs on order, so if you don't want to source those locally or figure out alternatives, that would add to the cost ($10-15?).
It's odd that this site doesn't have any sort of PM function. I don't like posting my email address, because that's just a spam magnet even if obfuscated.